I’d been eager to try this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe (“Top Secret” chocolate mousse, p 421) for a while now. I mean, any recipe that has Dorie Greenspan wondering has gotta be good, right? Chocolate mousse is a favourite dessert around here and I have many recipe for it (including Julia Child and Jacques Pépin‘s recipes) so I had been waiting to try this one since I have had the book. It did not disappoint and – shhh! – so so easy!
The story in the book goes that Dorie believed for years that all French hostesses had a “top secret” recipe for chocolate mousse that they followed that she was not privy to. Well that or else everyone was buying this mousse from the same place and not revealing their secret. Turns out that the answer to her dilemma was simple – the recipe came from the back of the Nestlé Dessert Chocolate package. Who would have thought? Actually, for years the chocolate chip cookie recipe that my mum used was from the back of the Nestlé chocolate chip package (though we called them “choc bit biscuits” as in Australia we call cookies “biscuits” and I could swear that we called chocolate chips “choc bits”) and they were consistently good so I am not surprised that this “top secret” mousse recipe comes from such an everyday source.
With just chocolate, egg yolks and whites and a tiny bit of sugar (1.5 teaspoons sugar for 3 eggs and 3.5 oz chocolate) it couldn’t be simpler – beat the whites and sugar to stiff peaks, melt the chocolate and add in the egg yolks whilst still warm and then add in the whipped egg whites. It’s not an unsubstantial mousse and because of this, I loved that it wasn’t overly sweet – I used a 70% semi-sweet chocolate and it was perfect with just a little 62% chocolate grated over the top. I served it in individual ramekins as honestly, a few spoonsful is more than enough. It tastes so rich despite its few ingredients.
This was a hit with dinner guests and Mr Neil so I think I will probably be making this again. A handful of ingredients, quick to prepare and decadently delicious? It’s a no-brainer dessert!
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